| || ||Date||Series Name||Description||MSA Citation
| || Details||1900-1938||HRS Records|
Mostly applications for duct space submitted by corporations, especially the Consolidated Gas, Electric Light and Power Company, Western Union, and Maryland Telephone and Telegraph Company. Applications specify streets, lot numbers, and requested duct feet. Also included are duct space leases, bonds, and statements of receipts.
See separate item index.
| || Details||1899-1914||Electrical Commission Letterbooks||One volume of the commission chief clerk's letters, June 1899 - March 1906, and one volume of chief engineer's weekly reports to the mayor, June 1907 - October 1913. Twenty-three volumes of copies of the chief engineer's official correspondence on itemized charges for repair work by assorted city agencies and private companies; claims against the city for commission work done by individuals and private companies; communications with other city departments concerning conduit construction and maintenance; inquiries from individuals and other municipalities concerning commission work; permit requests; equipment and service tests; personnel matters; and duct space rental charges.||BRG30-2
| || Details||1920||Chief Engineer Adminstrative Files||Primarily correspondence and memos with city agencies, corporate users of city conduits, and private contractors. Among subjects covered are accident claims against the commission, personnel matters, permit requests, conduit construction, maintenance and repair work, paving improvement, financial matters, and duct space rental charges.||BRG30-3
| || Details||1900-1914||Miscellaneous Electrical Commission Records||Varied grouping of material including proposed construction specifications, information supplied by other cities, official reports, conduit construction accounts, construction change notifications, and pole applications.||BRG30-4
| || Details||1900-1913||Personnel Records|
Correspondence, reports, and transcripts relative to 1906 investigation of Italian employees of the commission; lists of employees and rates of pay; and applications and recommendations for employment. A series of volumes, 1899- 1905, with the names, residence, ward, class of labor, date starting and ending work, and supervisor comments for employees of the commission. Entries are arranged roughly by year; an incomplete set of index volumes are also available.
Weekly payroll charges from January 1907 - December 1912 for various commission functions are available on microfilm (BCA 188).
| || Details||1898-1914||Financial Records||General account of construction and expense journal accounts, October 1898 - December 1909, for conduit loans payable 1922, 1928, and 1958, with information on suppliers, date of bill, invoice number, charges for general expenses and monthly payrolls, construction materials and weekly payrolls, and services and distribution; this material is available only on microfilm (BCA 188). General account ledgers, November 1903 - November 1911, with accounts of suppliers on various goods and services used by the commission. Duct rental bills, September 1901 - October 1914, with a chronological listing of rental charges against various users of city conduits.||BRG30-6
| || Details||1898-1914||Supply Orders||Orders for a variety of supplies, materials, and
services used by the commission for the full range of its
activities. Most orders are directed to Baltimore firms,
although numerous out of state companies are represented as
| || Details||1908-1914||Paving Orders||Requests from chief engineer to the city engineer for
paving of specific streets probably requested after
completion of conduit construction or repair work.||BRG30-8
| || Details||1904, 1910||Permits||Permits issued by the commission to private companies
allowing entry into conduit system for maintenance and
repair work. Information includes name of company, specific
location of work, reason for work, names of employees
performing work, and commission inspector's report.||BRG30-9
| || Details||1899-1902||Specifications||Copies of required specifications for commission work
and materials with copies of bid forms presumably used by
contractors and procedures to be followed when submitting
bids to the Board of Awards.||BRG30-10
| || Details||1899-1915||Conduit Sketches, Blueprints and Plats|
An artificial grouping of all graphic material available in the commission records. Sketches of distributing conduits located at or near specific addresses; conduit blueprints on main and distributing conduits at or near street and block addresses with correspondence attached; sewer tap blueprints of proposed sewer drains and adjacent conduits with correspondence and memos attached; conduit plats on main and distributing conduits at the street block level and information concerning adjacent buildings.
Conduit plats are available on microfilm (BCA 188). An item index is available at the Baltimore City Archives.
| || Details||1894-1897||Electrical Subway Commision Records|
A forerunner of the Electrical Commission, the ESC was established by the city council in May 1894. Instrumental in the planning of the conduit system, it ceased to function when its responsibilities were transferred to the Electrical Commission in August 1898.
Record types include letterbooks, May 1894 - August 1897 (3 vols.); agreements and specifications, 1894-97 (2 lin. in.); and a published annual report for 1894.
| || Details||1900-1905||Municipal Lighting Commission Records|
This commission was established by the city council (res. 11, 1900) "to investigate the feasibility of establishing a municipal lighting plant for Baltimore." The commission consisted of Jacob H. Hollander, Edward S. Baetjer, and Electrical Commission Chief Engineer Charles E. Phelps, Jr. Phelps apparently maintained the commission records with the electrical commission records.
Records include a letterbook, January 1900 - January 1905; minutes of the commission, 1900; questionaire responses from numerous American cities regarding municipal lighting; and miscellaneous items.
| || Details||1902-1908||Sewerage Commission Records||Material reflects the electrical commission chief engineer's duties as a member of the sewerage commission. Ledgers of daily payroll expenses for employees and miscellaneous items such as a newspaper article concerning the sewerage commission and a sewerage disposal report.||BRG30-14
| || Details||1909||Photographs||Photographs of an assortment of subjects relating to activities of the electrical commission such as poles and wires, electrical equipment, conduit interiors, and conduit construction. Most items are credited to photographer Alfred Waldeck.||BRG30-15
| || Details||1895-1905, 1924||Published Reports||Published reports of the commission's chief engineer covering the period from the organization of the commission on October 1, 1898 through December 31, 1905. Information is provided concerning conduit construction and rental, explosions and other accidents, conduit condition after the Baltimore Fire (1904), and the formation of the Electrical Commission and its powers and responsibilities. The volume also includes reprints of legislation pertinent to the commission, court opinions, and numerous tables and maps. In 1923 the Electrical Commission published its last detailed report. In 1924 the commission issued only a typescript summary of conduit construction and related activities, i.e. employees, salaries, materials, and expenses.||BRG30-16